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The Writing Hub — Need help with a writing project? Want to talk through your ideas or gain more perspective on whether your writing is clear, logical, and well-supported? The Writing Hub can help!

We offer two types of appointments this quarter: online (synchronous) appointments and asynchronous appointments. With online appointments, you have a “live” conversation through video or text-based chat, as well as real-time document sharing. With an asynchronous appointment, you can expect more flexibility. You do not need to be present—just upload your writing project and your main questions and priorities for feedback and your consultant will upload a 5-10 minute screencast within two hours of the end of your appointment, responding to your questions and priorities.

We don’t just help with class assignments. Whatever type of appointment you choose, we offer help to UCSD students working on any kind of writing project——from cover letters to personal statements, research papers to grant proposals. Turn to the Writing Hub to meet virtually with supportive, well-trained peer writing consultants who will help you gain perspective on what works and what can be improved in your writing.

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What? Free help for all UCSD writers—any writing project, every stage of the process

Where? Online! Anywhere you have access to a computer and internet access

When? Sunday-Friday, including evenings; see for hours

How? Book appointments at

Paid Research Programs For Undergraduate Students

MSTP Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)8-week program for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in the Biomedical
UC Scholars8-week, full-time summer research experience for
Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS)Two-year program for scientific research and graduate school preparation guided by individual faculty
Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS)8-week summer research academy for community college students, undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and masters
California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) in Science, Engineering & Mathematics10-week, full-time research experience for undergraduates to stimulate serious consideration for graduate
Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)10-week summer research experience designed to engage students in diverse and exciting earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences
Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)In-depth undergraduate research program with the possibility of extending funding towards your first year of graduate
McNair ProgramYear-long undergraduate research program paired with a faculty mentor as well as extramural research funding during the
Faculty Mentor ProgramAn opportunity to hone research skills either by assisting a professor in his/her research, or designing their own project to work on throughout the academic
Biology Research Internship Program (BISP 197)The program provides opportunities for students to gain academic credit for research-based internships in approved labs at various institutes/organizations in the local
Eureka! Scholarship ProgramSummer research training program under the guidance of a
AHA – Summer Undergraduate Student Fellowships10-week research experience during the Summer@UCSD_CardioLabs on Twitter
Undergraduate Research Scholarships (URS)A collection of undergraduate scholarships to support their research
TRELS Quarterly AwardTRELS quarterly awards are available for the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Students are awarded a $1,000 scholarship during the quarter in which they will be working on their

Post-baccalaureate Research Programs

These programs fund 1-2 years of full-time research positions at select research universities. Great for boosting your graduate application while giving you a closer look at the graduate research process. Financial support given in the form of a stipend, as well as the option for GRE test prep.

At Yale
At UPenn
At Mt. Sinai (New York City)
At Harvard
At the National Institutes of Health
At UC Davis
At UC Irvine

Research Fellowships for Incoming and Current Graduate Students

National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramEach Fellowship provides three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. For each of the three years of support, NSF provides a $34,000 stipend and $12,000 cost of education allowance to the graduate degree-granting institution of higher education for each Fellow who uses the support in a fellowship year. 
Ford Foundation Fellowship ProgramsThese fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related ResearchThe objective of this program is to support graduate/health professional (e.g., PhD, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.) students in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences, and health professional students who wish to develop their research capabilities under their current PI’s parent grant. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.
NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Award (F99/K00)This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions, and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers. For the F99/K00 award, individuals may receive up to 6 years combined support for both phases, which includes up to 2 years in the F99 fellowship phase and up to 4 years in the K00 career development phase.
Ruth L. Kirschstein Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowship (Parent F30)Enables promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training must reflect the applicant’s dissertation research project and is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31-Diversity)NINDS provides National Research Service Award (NRSA) training fellowships to outstanding predoctoral candidates from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The intent of this program is to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented populations in biomedical research. Award recipients will receive up to five years of research training leading to a PhD. or equivalent research degree, a combined MD-PhD. degree, or another formally combined professional and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences who are within their first 6 years of graduate school. 
GEM Fellowship ProgramDuring the first academic year of being awarded the GEM Fellowship, the GEM Consortium remits a stipend and a cost of instruction grant to the institution where the fellow is enrolled. Thereafter, up to the fifth year of the doctoral program, continued financial support of the GEM Fellow is borne by the GEM University through alternative sources of funding such as institutional awards, assistantships or other external fellowships.
NIH Loan Repayment ProgramThe NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $50,000 annually of a researcher’s qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. 
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans ProgramEach year, they invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.
Ben Barres FellowshipThe Ben Barres Fellowship is a $2000-$5000 award for professional development of trans, intersex, and non-binary graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Neuroscience Scholars ProgramThe Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP) is a two-year online training program open to underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.